Rare Tibetan and Mongolian books online

A new project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, seeks to give digital access to rare Mongolian and Tibetan manuscripts to scholars around the world.

The manuscripts consist of books from the University Library, Cambridge, the Bodleian Library, Oxford and the British Library in London, with focus on the collection acquired during the Younghusband Mission to Tibet in 1903–4.

One of the goals of the project is to "facilitate the study, re-collection and understanding of the cultures and literatures of Tibet and Mongolia and to encourage inter-disciplinary and regional approaches to study by presenting Mongolian resources in conjunction with Tibetan materials, in view of the numerous cultural, historical and geographical reasons for bringing them together."